The Tata Tiago is one of the more modern examples of a family hatchback from the Indian automotive industry, and it splashed onto the scene for the first time back in 2016. In the brand’s rather confusing nomenclature of models, the Tiago sits right at the bottom of the pack. That is to say that it is the entry point into the Tata passenger car division. The Tata Tiago starts from Rs 4.70 lakh for the base XE variant, going all the way up to Rs 6.74 lakh for the top-end XZA+ automatic variant. These are prices that are listed on the sticker at the showroom. Tata has recently injected some freshness into the Tiago by mildly updating its interior and adding a few features.
The Tiago now gets a new design for the inner door pads, replacing the rather old-school ones found on outgoing models. The new door pad brings with it an updated, more modern iteration of the car’s door lock mechanism. It replaces the prehistoric ‘push/pull’ lever system commonly used in older-generation cars throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. While these came in handy, if you wanted visual confirmation whether the doors were locked or not, they didn’t gel well with newer cars’ modern interior design. Tata has also changed the door release lever with a slender L-shaped unit, but it actually looks cheaper compared to the hefty-looking chrome-plated handle that it replaces. The large, fixed door handle is gone too, replaced by a sleeker unit with revised and ergonomically better-placed power window switches. That last bit is definitely a welcome and appreciable update.
Meanwhile, the mid-spec XT variant of the Tata Tiago comes with steering-mounted audio and telephonic controls. This adds a touch of modernity and convenience to the interior, plus an extra layer of safety as the driver doesn’t have to take their eyes off the road to fiddle with the music system or pick up incoming calls. Earlier, this feature was only available on higher-spec XZ and XZ+ variants of the Tiago. While chances are that Tata Motors won’t hike the prices for such a minor revamp, don’t be surprised to fork in an extra 1,000 bucks or so for the same. On another note, the ‘modern’ Tiago’s entry-level variant doesn’t even come with a parcel shelf. I wonder how much money an automaker actually saves by removing an already cheaply-made item such as a rear parcel shelf. Not enough, I reckon.
Aside from these few changes, the rest of the interior remains identical to the outgoing Tiago. The mid-spec XT variant continues with its 14-inch steel wheels, electrically-adjustable door mirrors with integrated LED turn indicators, front & rear power windows, tilt-adjustable steering, and a Harman branded 2-DIN audio system with 4 speakers. The XT is pretty well-equipped when it comes to its safety kit. So, as standard, there are dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Corner Stability Control (CSC), manually-dimming rearview mirror, speed-sensing auto door locks, rear parking sensors, and an overspeed alert system. The dual-tone interior gets chrome and piano black inserts to liven it up a little, while the dome lights have a delayed response for a more upmarket feel. Space in the front is excellent, though the same cannot be said for the rear passengers. Still, it isn’t horrible either.
The Tata Tiago is powered by the group’s 1.2-liter three-cylinder Revotron petrol engine. This BS6-compliant unit produces 85hp and 113Nm and can be mated to either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed AMT gearbox. Tiago’s primary rivals in India include the likes of the Hyundai Santro and Maruti Suzuki WagonR, to name a few. Historically, Tiago hasn’t been able to sell many units, especially compared to its chief competitors. However, Tata is said to be working on a new, turbocharged petrol version of the Tiago. That should be able to claw back some of the ground it has lost when it goes on sale.